Rookie of the Year? Organic Award…”I think it will be good if the director says so”

Changwon LG’s “Rookie of the Year” Yoo Yoo-sang has been diligently teasing his way to the Rookie of the Year award.

The rookie scored 17 points, including five three-pointers, in LG’s 2023-2024 Korean Basketball Association regular-season road game against Goyang Sono at Goyang Sono Arena on Friday.

As the team’s leading scorer over the seniors, Yoo spearheaded LG’s 31-point victory over Sono.

In a postgame interview, Yoo said of his chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award, “Thank you for your kind words. I think I have to be humble,” he said, adding cautiously, “If I focus on the coach’s orders, I think good results will come.”

As LG’s performance has been on an upward curve, the possibility of an organic rookie award has been mentioned frequently.

Yoo Yoo-sang first analyzed, “People say that our team’s weakness is the No. 4, but the team is maintaining the top spot because (Jung) Hee-jae and (Yang) Hong-seok, even though they are short, are maximizing their movements faster and contributing from behind the scenes.” He added, “I think the possibility of winning the Rookie of the Year award naturally follows from the team.

“I think the team is doing better than I am, so the possibility of winning the Rookie of the Year award will naturally follow,” he said, adding that he was humbled by the team’s performance.

“When I first came to the pros, I had some difficulties in defense, but as I played, it became more fun and I learned some tricks,” Yoo said, adding, “Heejae’s brother Heejae gives me a lot of help.”

In the first quarter, Yoo Yoo-sang had a matchup with SONO’s Jeon Sung-hyun and exchanged three-pointers.

“It was my first matchup with (Jeon) Sung-hyun after a long time since the first round, and I was upset and mentally shaken when I saw a three-pointer 카지노 go in even though I was controlling him in the early game while he was injured,” Yoo said.

Yoo scored a career-high 18 points against Sono in January, and he matched that performance on this night.

“Their defense itself rotates a lot, so I think there are a lot of chances for me,” Yoo said, adding, “I don’t have to do anything special against Sono.”

LG coach Cho Sang-hyun also strongly pushed for Yoo to win the Rookie of the Year award this season.

“I don’t want to say anything, but he is a player whose contribution to the team is worthy of the Rookie of the Year award,” Cho said.

“I’ve been watching him since college,” he said, adding, “I’m a shooter myself, so I’ll definitely help him grow. I will work hard to make him better,” he said.


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